Elements of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Definition: “Logistics is the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information from point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements.”

Origin: The term "logistics" comes from the Greek "logos“ meaning speech, reason, ratio, rationality, language, phrase and more specifically from the Greek work "logistiki“ meaning accounting and financial organization. Logistics is considered to have originated in the military's need to supply themselves with arms, ammunition and rations as they moved from their base to a forward position. In ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine empires, there were military officers with the title Logistikas who were responsible for financial and supply distribution matters.

In military science, all the activities of armed-force units in support of combat units, including transport, supply, communications, and medical aid. The term, first used by Henri Jomini, Alfred Thayer Mahan, and others, was adopted by the U.S. military in World War I and gained currency in other nations in World War II. Its importance grew in the 20th century with the increasing complexity of modern warfare.

The scope of logistics goes well beyond transportation. Logistics forms the system that ensures the delivery of the product in the entire supply pipeline. This includes transportation, packaging, storage and handling methods, and information flow. The impact of logistics in the ability of a company to satisfy its customers cannot be overstated. All other efforts at modernization within a company would not bear fruit until the logistics system is carefully designed to facilitate the smooth and efficient flow of goods in the system.

Due to technological revolution most of the products are moving into commodity markets.Competitive edge: In the fiercely competitive environment logistics provides the edge. place and quantity. . competitive edge is that of availability of product and service in terms of time. where brands are almost irrelevant. where there is no product differentiation in terms of quality parameters like performance & reliability. In a commodity market where price is controlled by competition.

namely Company.Effective logistics management can provide a major source of competitive advantage. and Competitors. The basis for success are several and are based on the links of 3 C’s. . Customer. from its competition and by operating at a lower cost and correspondingly at a greater profit. The source of competitive advantage is found firstly in the ability of the organisation to differentiate itself in the eyes of the customer.

The productivity advantage gives a lower cost profile and the value advantage gives the product a ‘plus’ over competition. commercial success derives either from a cost advantage or a value advantage or both.Seeking a sustainable and defensible competitive advantage is the concern of every Company Management and it is no longer acceptable to assume that good products will sell themselves. Considering the bases for success in a competitive context. . neither to imagine that the success of today will be carried forward tomorrow.

and more often than not. This is partly due to economies of scale which enable fixed costs to be spread over a greater volume but more particularly to the impact of the ‘experience curve’ . Productivity Advantage: In most of the industries there will be at least one competitor who will be a low cost producer. will have the greater sales volume.1.

The experience curve is a phenomenon which has its roots in the earlier notion of the ‘learning curve’. . Bruce Henderson of Boston Consulting went a step further to extend this concept by demonstrating that all costs would decline at a given rate as volumes increased. Researchers discovered that it was possible to identify and predict improvements in the rate of the output of workers as they became more skilled in the processes and tasks on which they were working.


Traditionally it has been suggested that the main route to cost reduction was by gaining greater sales volume and there can be no doubt about the close linkage between relative market share and relative costs. However logistic management can provide a multitude of ways to increase efficiency and productivity and hence contribute significantly to reduced per unit costs. .

they relate not to specific product features but rather to such things as image or reputation.2. Value Advantage.e. These benefits may be intangible i. Therefore the . Unless the product or service offered can be distinguished in some way from its competitors there is a strong likelihood that the market place will view it as a ‘commodity’ and the sale will tend to go to the cheapest supplier. they buy benefits’. Alternatively. the product is purchased not for itself but for the promise of what it will deliver. It has long been a maxim that ‘customers do not buy products.

When a company scrutinises markets closely it frequently finds that there are distinct ‘value segments’. the development of a strategy based upon added values will normally require a more segmented approach to the market. .importance of seeking to add additional values to the offering will mark it out from the competition. What are the means by which such value differentiation may be gained? Essentially.

Often there are substantial opportunities for creating differentiated appeals for specific segments.It means different group of customers within the total market attach different importance to different benefits. each seeking to satisfy the needs of different benefit segments. Adding value through differentiation is a powerful means of achieving a definite advantage. . In between the basic small car to a very large car there are a whole variety of options. In cars there are different models aimed at defined segments. Equally powerful as a means of adding value is ‘Service’.g. E.

technology plays a very important role within product categories.Markets are becoming more sensitive to service and this poses a challenge to the logistics management. . This means it is becoming progressively more difficult to compete purely in the basis of brand or corporate image. Additionally. which means that it is no longer possible to compete effectively on the basis of product differences alone.

technical support etc. Service in this context refers to the process of developing relationship with customers augmented by ‘offers’ such as delivery service.Thus the need to seek differentiation through means other than technology. . A number of companies have responded to this by focusing upon ‘service’ as a means of gaining a competitive edge. after sales service. rebates.

. websites. sales talk and the service offerings of the firms. manuals. Value added customer service is leveraged to gain competitive advantage. The following are the few cues that affect customer perception of service quality: Competence: The information provided by the firm through product brochures.Customer service is a key element in logistics strategy. Good customer service builds customer loyalty amongst existing customers and through positive word of mouth communication.

Reliability: Delivery of product or services as promised in terms of place. Responsiveness: Returning customer calls. . e-mails. in time and resolving customer problems or complaints with speed. time and quality. letters etc. Transaction security: This aspect relates to the confidentiality of customer information and transaction.

Hence. claims. status of the order placed and the status of the product complaints. Marketing is the central point of all business processes. and services before placing an order.Access: This refers to the ease with a customer will have access to information on products. logistics competency plays a very important in customer service planning for developing sustainable . and damages post sale phase. The objective of the marketing function is to identify the need of the customers and fulfill it by providing a product or service at an appropriate price to generate profits.

competitive advantage. not just for growth but for survival. .

On an average how much time do we need to fulfill one particular type of customer’s order in a year? This is a measure of Rapid response .What are operating objectives of logistics management? 1) Rapid response •Flexibility objective of an organization: Some companies measure this as response time to customer’s order.

orders are executed on shipment to shipment basis. . Instead of stocking the goods and supplying on demand.Logistics should ensure that the supplier is able to respond to the change in the demand very fast. Information Technology plays an important role here as an enabler. Entire production should change from traditional push system to pull system to facilitate rapid response.

.IT helps management in producing and delivering goods when the consumer needs them. This results into reduction of inventory and exposes all operational deficiencies. Now the management resolves these deficiencies and slashes down costs.

.Minimum variance Delivery objective of an organization. damage in transit. Any event that disrupts a system is variance. If 100 deliveries are made in a month/quarter/year how many reached as per the commitment made to the customer? This percentage is OTD. Logistics operations are disrupted by events like delays due to obstacles in information flow. traffic snarls. acts of god. this can be measured as ‘On Time Delivery’ or OTD. wrong dispatches.2.

On Time Delivery.Traditional approach is to keep safety stocks and transport the goods by high cost mode. Logistics is expected to minimize these events. The cost of this approach is huge. thereby minimize and improve on. .

Objective of minimum inventory is measured as Inventory Turns or Inventory Turnover Ratio. Minimum inventory This is component of cost objective of a company. Logistics management reduces these turns without sacrificing customer satisfaction.3. Inventory is associated with a huge baggage of costs. It is termed as a necessary evil. . Lower turns ensure effective utilization of assets devoted to stock. Americans call this measure as turn velocity.

. Logistical management should keep the overall wellbeing of a company in view and fix a minimum inventory level without trying to minimize the inventory level as an isolated objective.[Concept of single piece flow as practiced by JIT companies in Japan or elsewhere].

Transportation cost depends on product type. Movement consolidation is planning several such small shipments together [of different types of shipments] by integrating interests of several players in the supply chain. size. for transporting small shipments just in time [reduction in inventory costs] expensive transport modes are used which again tend to hike the costs. Movement consolidation Transportation is the biggest contributor to logistics cost.4. weight. . distance to be transported etc.

Generally. Movement consolidation shall result into reduction in transportation costs. . large shipment size and long distances reduce transportation cost per unit.

.5. In fact. commitment to TQM has made the managements world over wake up to the significance of logistics function. Hence logistics should contribute to TQM initiative of management. This adds to costs and customer dissatisfaction.Quality If the quality of product fails logistics will have to ship the product out of customers premises and repeat the logistics operation again. Logistics can play a significant role in total quality improvement by improving the quality of logistics performance continuously and continually.

This includes a.produce. Reverse logistics or Product recall as a result of •rigid quality standards [critical in case of contaminated products which can cause environmental hazard] . After sales service: the service support needed by the product once it is sold during its life cycle b.Life cycle support [cradle to cradle logistical support. pack (cradle) and repack(cradle)] Logistics function is expected to provide life cycle support to the product after sale.6.

•transit damage [leaking containers containing hazardous material] product expiration dating •rigid laws prohibiting unscientific disposal of items associated with product [packaging] •Rigid laws making recycling mandatory •Erroneous order processing by supplier .

The facilities in the value chain are called nodes and the links connecting these nodes are logistical performance cycles. Obviously information flow is vigorous in both directions where as product flows down the value chain although in some cases upward flow is possible. These links are product transportation and information flows.Logistical Performance Cycles Logistical performance cycles link the facilities in a value chain with each other. Close examination .

Logistical performance cycles are input sensitive and highly dynamic. They render entire system dynamic and responsive to customer needs. If the LPCs are not dynamic obviously the organization loses the edge. interfaces and decisions within the logistical system. . Logistical Performance Cycle Diagram next slide.these links reveals dynamics.


Physical Distribution Cycle Order Processing Order Transmission Customer Order Sourcin g Order Placement & Expediting Order Selection Product Transport Supplier Delivery To Receivin g Transportation PHYSICAL DISTRBUTION CYCLE PROCUREMENT CYCLE .

nodes and inventory to perform logistical operations.Inventory is made to flow from one warehouse to another. Sluggish LPCs reveal poor interface between the nodes and between customer and organization. LPCs reveal effectiveness and efficiency of resource allocation and operational decisions in the organization. A logistical operating system requires links. To understand the operating system one has to analyze these links. plant to plant or warehouse to customer. Nodes are the facilities . factory to ware house.

Inventory is measured. The cycle linking material source and components plant is procurement cycle. . We can notice that three types of logistical performance cycles exist in a logistical operating system. But this may also be done during transportation. stored and moved in nodes regularly.linked by logistical performance cycles.

This is where the operations function begins to operate.Procurement cycle Components plant is a node which manufactures components or detailed parts needed to make sub assemblies for the final assembly. Raw materials are to be made available here for production. . Procurement cycles connect raw material source and component plant or plants.

This support to manufacturing is provided by manufacturing support cycle.Manufacturing support cycle. These plants are to be linked to enable flow of inventory as and when needed. assembly and distribution center is manufacturing support cycle. Finished goods should flow from assembly plant or plants to the distribution centers. The logistical network for an organization may contain several components plants and or several assembly plants. The cycle linking components making plant. .

Physical distribution cycle. . Logistical performance cycles link participating firms and organizations inthe supply chain. Overall efficiency of logistical operating system depends on the efficiency of logistical performance cycles. Logistical performance cycles are input sensitive and dynamic in nature. We can visualize these cycles vibrating with vigor whenever a customer order is received for fulfillment. The cycle linking distribution center to customers is called physical distribution cycle.

customer delivery cycle and order transportation cycle. order selection cycle. These cycles are.Managing operational uncertainty Variance in logistical performance cycle results in customer dissatisfaction. . we naturally find that it is made up of several mini cycles performed in logical sequence. order processing. If an overall customer delivery cycle is analyzed. order transmission.

Infrastructure is required to be strengthened to cope with improved performance. When this variance is reduced goods begin to arrive at destinations earlier than expected.We have to analyze these cycles to find out difference between average performance time and maximum cycle time. . This gap is to be analyzed to eliminate variance.

Value Chain Outboun d Logistics Marketing & Sales M A R G I N Inbound Logistics Operation > s > > > Service > Firm Infrastructure HR Management Technology Development Procurement .

. warehousing and contact with suppliers. they plan shipments from other companies "in" to their location. inventory control. store and distribute inputs to the product. Inbound logistics traffic departments do not simply manage shipments from their own companies (outbound). such as material handling.Inbound Logistics: ‘Inbound’ activities to receive.

OUTBOUND LOGISTICS Involve The Collecting, Storing, And Distributing the product to the buyers. (e.g. Processing of orders, warehousing or storage of finished goods, and delivery)

Customer Order Cycle A customer order cycle begins with the placement of an order by a customer. It ends when you are finally paid for goods or services rendered. But there are activities in between the two events that consume time. Some add value, such as packing and shipping, and some are non-value adding and delay time, such as moving the order around the building from mailbox to mailbox, sitting on a desk, or repetitive motions.

When a cycle ends, a lot of non-value adding time has been consumed that may constitute 90-95 percent of total time. Some of the time is lost in travel, some is lost in the processing backlog, and some may be lost diverting a customer's order to a credit department for release. If you can identify the non-value added time in the cycle, you can devise ways to eliminate the causes.

Mainstream value-add activities are identified on flow process charts. Flow process charts are analyzed for activities that delay mainstream activities. Delays can be moves, slow operations, inspections, as well as waiting time. Cutting cycle times fifty percent per established period of time is a good goal. The process is continuous.

Mapping process flow is a fundamental step in reducing total cycle times. Mapping the flow and tracking time for each of the events provides a basis for analysis. The process is not difficult, however it is time consuming. It provides a step by step image of work flow, systems, procedures, and volumes. It reveals the relationships between the tasks.

Once cycles are mapped, the opportunities to compress time can be pursued. The goal in compressing time is not to devise the best way to perform a task, but rather to either eliminate the task altogether or perform it parallel with other tasks so that the overall system response time is reduced.

. to the moment it is received by the customer.Lead Time: Lead time in the supply chain management realm is the time from the moment the customer places an order.

.Logistical interfaces: Logistic functions and activities have a significant amount of overlap with the other functions and activities of a company. marketing. The functions with a high degree of overlap are finance. Figure in the next slide shows the relationship between logistics and other business functions. information technology and production.

of Warehouses Customer Requirements Customer Commitments Market Promotion Capacity Planning Production Planning Quality Control .Finance Costing Interest Factors Tax Rates Rates For Services Depreciation Negotiations Information Technology Information Storage Information Processing User Interface Analytical Tools Reports LOGISTICS Inventory Levels Lead Time Transport Mode Delivery Schedule Product Availability Production Marketing Location/ no.

and 3. Operational performance.The Logistical Mission: Logistics exists to satisfy customer requirements by facilitating relevant manufacturing and marketing operations. Service reliability . Availability 2. Basic logistical service is measured in terms of 1. The challenge is to balance service expectations and cost expenditures in a manner that achieves business objectives.

2. A firm's operational performance can be viewed in terms of how flexible it is in accommodating unusual and unexpected customer requests.Operational performance deals with the elapsed time from order receipt to delivery. For logistics performance to continuously meet customer expectations. it is essential that management be committed to continuous improvement.Availability means having inventory to consistently meet customer material or product requirements. Operational performance involves delivery speed and consistency.Service reliability involves the quality attributes of logistics. 3.1. .

The mission of the logistical system is measured in terms of total cost and performance. the greater the desired performance. operational capability. As a general rule. Logistical costs are directly related to desired level of performance. the higher the total logistics cost. The key to effective logistical performance is to develop a balanced effort of service performance and totalcost expenditure. . Performance measurement is concerned with the availability of inventory. and quality of effort.

Competitive edge: In the fiercely competitive environment logistics provides the edge. where there is no product differentiation in terms of quality parameters like performance & reliability. where brands are almost irrelevant. In a commodity market where price is controlled by competition. competitive edge is that of availability of product and service in terms of time. place and quantity. . Due to technological revolution most of the products are moving into commodity markets.

Value added customer service is leveraged to gain competitive advantage. .Customer service is a key element in logistics strategy. Good customer service builds customer loyalty amongst existing customers and through positive word of mouth communication.

Buying decision is always triggered by a need a consumer is experiencing due to the stress he is under. All the three “C” are vital for healthy business and prosperous economy. •Competitors in business continuously add value to their products in order to be ahead in the competition. .•Importance of 3 Cs – The three Cs in business are Company. •Customer is attracted by value when he is about to make a buying decision. Customer and Competition.

The Supplier Company tries to differentiate her products in terms of functional quality and product cost. Competition has ensured that technology and human skills are almost same everywhere.•Any supplier organization or Company tries to be better than the Competition by utilizing their assets efficiently and effectively. .

Hence product differentiation in terms of functional quality and product cost is nearly impossible. When this happens customer sees better value in the products of Supplier Company as compared to competition. But a great opportunity exists for the Supplier Company to differentiate her products by service and logistics cost by superior logistics. .

benefit at lowest price benefit at lowest price Value l “C” Competitor By effective utilization of assets tries to create and offer value to customers Cost differentials osiffere .Importance of 3Cs Value “C” Company By effective utilization of assets tries to create and offer value to customers l “C” Customers Look for value.

Logistics Outsourcing Outsourcing logistics operations to a 3PL (third party logistics) adds to the bottom line for both the retailer and manufacturer through accurate. . distributors and retailers who outsource save time and money. Manufacturers. wellmanaged inventory and supply chain solutions. Outsourcing reduces the need for costly real estate to hold inventory.

Recent studies show that fully 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies outsource at least one function .3PLs offer expertise that manufacturers. allowing users to achieve supply chain solutions with their customers that minimize total delivered costs. . distributors and shippers can tap into. The efficiencies generated by outsourcing logistics has made it extremely popular.the largest such number in history.

Third party logistics providers typically specialize in integrated operation. .Third-party logistics. or all of their supply chain management functions. warehousing and transportation services that can be scaled and customized to customer’s needs based on market conditions and the demands and delivery service requirements for their products and materials. A third-party logistics provider (abbreviated 3PL) is a firm that provides a one stop shop service to its customers of outsourced (or "third party") logistics services for part.

Fourth party logistics (4PL) Arrangement in which a firm contracts out (outsources) its logistical operations to two or more specialist firms (the third party logistics) and hires another specialist firm (the fourth party) to coordinate the activities of the third parties. .

Integrated Logistics: “System-wide management of entire logistics chain as a single entity. . For business excellence logistics operations need to be integrated on the following 2 fronts: a) Integration of logistics into the business b) Integration of components of logistics. instead of separate management of individual logistical functions”.

To accomplish the objective of making available the right product. . at the right time at low cost. and the distribution of the finished products for selling.Any business process consists of a set of activities those include raw material procurement. This process takes care of material storage and movement across these three stages of the business process. the assistance of integrated logistics is needed. at the right place. conversion.

) . (In today’s business processes there are many companies offering total integrated logistics solutions.The integration will make the business process run as a chain rather than as isolated process elements. The logistics process is a set consisting of a number of activities those include warehousing. transportation and information flow. packaging. material handling.

Material Flow Suppliers Procurement Processing Distribution Customers Information Flow Logistics Integration In the logistics process the close coordination of inventory flow and information flow is essential for system efficiency and effectiveness. The volume of logical activities varies with the width of the supply chain. product category. and volume of business. .

This can clearly point out the steps required and the personnel who will be performing the tasks and assigning responsibilities. Similarly.Logistics Planning and Strategy It's an accepted fact that there is always a need for a proper and efficient business plan for any particular element such as planning or controlling in an organization. there is also a need for a business to clearly establish its logistics business plan. .

analyze and implement forecasts to a considerable extent on the behalf of the enterprise. you must keep in mind all possible present and future scenarios. While drafting a logistics plan. The ascertainment of future conceivable scenarios can be made by a logistic manager with the ability to carefully plan.The logistics business plan must be clearly defined so that there is no confusion or vagueness in the content of the plan that could interfere with accomplishment of the desired objectives of the organization. .

The plan's success would be dependent on the entire organization and a good logistic plan will benefit the whole organization.The logistics business plan must be organized in a manner that each of the personnel knows his duties and roles and makes sure that the duties assigned to him are performed on time. This would make sure that the plan is at least worth a try. each giving their best towards the attainment of common objectives. . This would require a high level of understanding and coordination in all departments of the organization.

Because supply chains are constantly changing and evolving. a company may develop a number of logistics strategies for specific product lines. .What Is a Logistics Strategy? When a company creates a logistics strategy it is defining the service levels at which its logistics organization is at its most cost effective. specific countries or specific customers.

. the logistics strategy should review how the logistics organization contributes to those high-level objectives. Strategic: By examining the company’s objectives and strategic supply chain decisions.What Is Involved in Developing a Logistic Strategy? A company can start to develop a logistics strategy by looking at four distinct levels of their logistics organization. 1.

3.Functional: Any strategy should review how each separate function in the logistics organization is to achieve functional excellence. such as the optimum number of warehouses and distribution centers or what products should be produced at a specific manufacturing plant.2.Structural: The logistics strategy should examine the structural issues of the logistics organization. .

The plan for implementation will include development or configuration of an information system.4. .Implementation: The key to developing a successful logistics strategy is how it is to be implemented across the organization. introduction of new policies and procedures and the development of a change management plan.

There are different component areas for each company but the list should at least include the following: Transportation: Does the current transportation strategies help service levels? .Components to Examine when Developing a Logistics Strategy When examining the four levels of logistics organization. all components of the operation should be examined to ascertain whether any potential cost benefits can be achieved.

Outsourcing: What outsourcing is used in the logistics function? Would a partnership with a third party logistics company improve service levels? Logistics Systems: Do the current logistics systems provide the level of data that is required to successfully implement a logistics strategy or are new systems required? Competitors: Review what the competitors offer. Can changes to the company’s customer service improve service levels? .

Strategy Review: Are the objectives of the logistics organization in line with company objectives and strategies? A successfully implemented logistics strategy is important for companies who are dedicated to keeping service levels at the highest levels possible despite changes that occur in the supply chain.Information: Is the information that drives the logistics organization real-time and accurate? If the data is inaccurate then the decisions that are made will be in error. .

The second idea is that while supply chains have existed for a long time.Supply Chain Management: The concept of Supply Chain Management is based on two core ideas. . most organizations have only paid attention to what was happening within their “four walls. The first is that practically every product that reaches an end user represents the cumulative effort of multiple organizations. These organizations are referred to collectively as the supply chain.” Few businesses understood.

Therefore. the responsibility and authority for implementing SCM must be placed at the highest levels of an organization. the entire chain of activities that ultimately delivered products to the final customer. .much less managed. The result was disjointed and often ineffective supply chains.

and logistics. is “the active management of supply chain activities to maximize customer value and achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. production. . sourcing. Supply chain activities cover everything from product development. then. It represents a conscious effort by the supply chain firms to develop and run supply chains in the most effective & efficient ways possible”.Supply chain management. as well as the information systems needed to coordinate these activities.

distribution across all channels.” . delivery to the customer and the information systems necessary to monitor all these activities. manufacturing and assembling. warehousing and inventory tracking. order entry and order management.Definition of Supply-Chain: “All the activities in delivering the products from raw material through to the customer including sourcing raw materials and parts.

The functional scope of SCM refers to which traditional business functions are included or excluded in the implementation and the process of SCM.business functions.SCOPE The scope of SCM is functional and organizational. The functional scope of SCM encompasses all the traditional intra-. .

The organizational scope of SCM concerns what kinds of inter-firm relationships are relevant to the participating firms in the implementation and the process of SCM. all of which must have a SCO (Supply Chain Orientation) . Organizational scope of SCM is the implementation and process of SCM across three or more companies.

it also includes coordination and collaboration with channel partners. SCM Logistics management is that part of the Supply Chain Management process that plans.Logistics Vs. and all Logistics Management activities. implements. conversion. intermediaries. Importantly. Supply Chain Management encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement. third-party service providers. which can be suppliers. services. and customers. . and controls the efficient. and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers' requirements. Supply Chain Management integrates supply and demand management within and across companies. In essence. effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods.

it is a question of how good is the integration of supply chain that matters for any firm. .Supply Chain Scenario and Importance When we talk about the importance of Supply Chain Management we try to bring into sharp focus the loss due to the absence of an effective supply chain strategy and / or the benefit due to a well oiled supply chain for any firm. Of critical importance in today's business scenario is managing competition through partners. Basically.

In an era of gaining competitive advantage through reduced inventories all over .a company is going to have a disadvantage of having to carry unnecessary inventory for the fear of losing future business. .An independent firm on its own may not have all the resources to match its competitors.

Better information sharing among the partners 3. Planning being done in consultation rather than in isolation The benefits too would be reflected in terms of : •Lower costs •Better customer service •Efficient manufacturing •Better trust among the partners leading to win- .Reduced inventories along the chain 2.The importance of Supply Chain Management thus is in : 1.

senior managers build internally consistent. alternative views of possible future outcomes. . Senior managers formulate strategy to maximize shareholder value. Process integration and other efforts result in improved quality as higher profit margins shall get reflected in creation of better facilities for manufacturing. In scenario planning. supplychain planners run optimization models to minimize costs. product design research.win situation for both. enhanced customer service.

Strategic supply-chain planning that combines aspects of business-strategy formulation with aspects of tactical supply-chain planning can make each far more valuable to the planning effort than either would be alone. which leads to long-term competitive advantage. Any company that has a global supply chain should consider introducing its strategic left hand to its operational right hand. .Combining scenario planning with supply-chain planning achieves the best of both worlds.

Strategic supply-chain planning is the Pegasus of strategy: It can soar, but it also needs to keep its feet on the ground. Conventional supply chains concern all materialmanagement stages from the supply of raw material through to the sale of final product to the end customer. Key concepts used in conventional supply chains are demand management, strategic sourcing, inventory management, supply synchronization, project management, and use of technology.

Conventional supply chain management targets mainly the operational aspect of businesses, whereby inventory levels need to be analyzed on a month to month basis with corresponding customer demand and ad-hoc operational issues.

Supply Chain Planning Matrix

Supply chain management, in addition, provides all companies connected in a supply partnership with the greatest level of transparency. i.e, all orders and requests are readily accessible to all connected parties, which not only facilitates the transaction process by providing all companies with information, but also increases accountability, as all companies are made aware of each movement through the supply chain and can spot shortcomings. In this way, business partnerships are forced to become more honest, and there is less room for laziness or skimming off the top.

From the examples that have been analyzed it is clear that most supply chain problems are related to the lack of co-ordination and linkage between various parties in the chain. Indeed there is a growing recognition by many companies that partnership and co-operation achieves more than narrow self-interest and conflict.
The benefits of co-maker relationships •Shorter delivery lead times •Reliable delivery promises •Less schedule disruption •Lower stock levels

•Faster implementation of design changes •Fewer quality problems •Stable competitive prices •Orders given higher priority

Supply Chains and the Value Delivery Network Value Delivery Network

The network made up of the company, suppliers, distributors, and ultimately customers who “partner” with each other to improve the performance of the entire system.
•Marketing Channel Set of interdependent organizations involved in the process of making a product or service available for use or consumption by the consumer or business user.

Channel choices affect other decisions in the marketing mix •Pricing, marketing communications A strong distribution system can be a competitive advantage Channel decisions involve long-term commitments to other firms

Channel structures range from two to five levels. The simplest is a two-level structure in which goods and services move directly from the manufacturer or provider to the consumer. Two-level structures occur in some industries where consumers are able to order products directly from the manufacturer and the manufacturer fulfills those orders through its own physical distribution system. In a three-level channel structure retailers serve as intermediaries between consumers and manufacturers. Retailers order products directly from the manufacturer, then sell those products

directly to the consumer. A fourth level is added when manufacturers sell to wholesalers rather than to retailers. In a four-level structure retailers order goods from wholesalers rather than manufacturers. Finally, a manufacturer's agent can serve as an intermediary between the manufacturer and its wholesalers, making a five-level channel structure consisting of the manufacturer, agent, wholesale, retail, and consumer levels.

retail. and consumer levels. jobber.A five-level channel structure might also consist of the manufacturer. whereby jobbers service smaller retailers not covered by the large wholesalers in the industry. wholesale. .

Relationship Management. Like customer relationship management. . teamoriented culture starts with the leader's realization that the company must work together with supply chain partners to deliver value for consumers. supply chain management seeks to build relationships with vendors. Building a collaborative. such a culture encompasses the codes of conduct in the process of pursuing mutual as well as individual supply chain goals. In practice.

codes of conduct include "vendor codes of conduct. Narrowly." "labor regulation" and/or "business ethics codes.Broadly speaking. codes of conduct include the willingness to share information with partner firms. and performing mutual responsibilities with a team spirit when the supply chain faces threats and/or a part of supply chain process fails. flexible actions such as quickly adapting to changing supply and demand for the good of the entire supply chain." .

and its customers. . joint ventures. R&D program partnerships. and customer partnership. but also its business partners. its suppliers. alliances.What Is Extended Enterprise? The term "extended enterprise" represents a new concept that a company is made up not just of its employees. outsourcing. its board members. distribution agreements. The notion of extended enterprise includes many different arrangements such as virtual integration. and executives. preferred suppliers. collaborative marketing.


The essence of the bullwhip effect is that orders to suppliers tend to have larger variance than sales to the buyer. The bullwhip effect is evident in a supply chain when demand increases and decreases. The more chains in the supply chain the more complex this issue becomes. .The Bullwhip Effect The bullwhip effect is the magnification of demand fluctuations. The effect is that these increases and decreases are exaggerated up the supply chain.

• Delay times between order processing. and receipt of products. demand. • Little or no communication between supply chain partners.This distortion of demand is amplified the farther demand is passed up the supply chain. Some of the reasons that the bullwhip effect occurs include the following: • Over reacting to the backlog orders. .

. etc. distributors receive orders in cases of 1.e. however. retailers can order products in cases of 10 from wholesaler. •Limitations on order size (i. transportation expense decrease by ordering fulltruck loads. • Free return policies.000) • Inaccurate demand forecasts.•Order batching: method for reduction of ordering costs due to price discounts for bulk ordering.

making it work. redesigning when required.Organisation Structure Basic Concept: An organization structure is the way in which the tasks and subtasks required to implement a strategy are arranged. and implementing changes that will keep the structure relevant to the needs of the strategies that have to be implemented. . A strategist has to grapple with the complexities of creating the structure.

When the firm's strategy is not matched with the most appropriate structure & controls. Organizational structure & the controls that are a part of it affect firm's performance. .Successful strategy formulation does not guarantee successful strategy implementation. It varies among different types & sizes of organizations. performance declines.

procedures. controls & authority. It influences how managers work & the decisions resulting from that work. . It provides the stability a firm needs to successfully implement its strategies & maintain it's competitive advantages. and decision-making process. It specifies the work to be done & how to do it given the firm's strategy or strategies.Organizational structure specifies the firm's formal reporting relationships.

and how information flows between levels of management” . power. and coordinated. controlled. and responsibilities are delegated.Definition: “Organizational structure determines the manner and extent to which roles.

Scope Structural Stability: Provides the capacity the firm requires to consistently and predictably manage its daily work routines. . Structural Flexibility: Provides the opportunity to explore competitive possibilities & allocate resources to activities that will shape the competitive advantages of the firm that it will need to be successful in the future.

mix. · Organization: size. pricing. customer base and diversification. support.The importance and objectives for conducting organizational structure are to control: · . sales. maintainability. warranty. reliability. · Product: quality. etc. design technology and innovation. . responsibilities and accountability. demand. pricing. Markets: share and growth. etc. packaging. structure. etc. performance. competitor information.

etc. · Other: environment. communications. utilization. delivery. capacity. consistency. regulatory issues.· Processes: facility. price. flexibility · Workforce: labor availability. availability. cost. prioritization of use. etc. reliability. health and safety. . competence. quality · Supplier management: quality. return. compensation. etc. · Capital: sourcing. governmental policies. technology. capability. mix.

Each of such organisations become concerned with achieving their own functional excellence thereby hindering the goal of integration achieved by co- . These are structured to divide authority and responsibilities according to functional work such as inventory control. or transportation.Barriers In Forming Effective Organizational Structure: The traditional organisations are not capable of implementing any cross functional processes. warehousing.

) Successful integration of logistics requires a structure that facilitates cross functional coordination. (A lack of communication and common goals between departments in an organization. .The traditional functioning as described above is referred to as silo mentality.

. The evolution of enterprise logistics management went through the following five stages: 1) The logistics function of the individual management phase (Transportation and Warehousing) At this stage. with emphasis on modern flat organization. but only in lowering transportation costs and storage costs for individual links. To reduce total logistics costs was not the goal. the true sense of the concept of logistics and logistics management awareness had not yet appeared.Stages in evolution of logistical organization.

This era of supply chain management studies was highlighted with the development of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) systems in the 1960s and developed through the 1990s by the introduction of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. .2) The logistics function of a systematic management phase (PD Management) This stage is characterized by: the enterprise’s setting up a dedicated logistics management system.

.This era has continued to develop into the 21st century with the expansion of internet-based collaborative systems and is characterized by increasing value-addition and cost reductions through integration.

and reducing costs through global sourcing. . Globalization phase The globalization phase. The main aim was in increasing competitive advantage. value-adding. can be characterized by the attention given to global systems of supplier relationships and the expansion of supply chains over national boundaries and into other continents.3. It was in the late 1980s that a considerable number of organizations started to integrate global sources into their core business.

Companies abandoned vertical integration (absorption into a single firm of several firms involved in all aspects of a product's manufacture from raw materials to distribution). sold off noncore operations. and outsourced those functions to other companies.4. Specialization Phase : Outsourced Manufacturing and Distribution In the 1990s industries began to focus on “core competencies” and adopted a specialization model. .

.This changed management requirements by extending the supply chain well beyond company walls and distributing management across specialized supply chain partnerships.

logistics. the U. were instrumental in the success of supply chain management. starting from procurement of raw materials to final products. integrated technology. providing a strong support. through the information flow. capital flow controls. and internet technology. . The supply chain was built around the core business.5) Supply chain logistics management phase (SCM) Into the 90's. business logistics system became more systematic.S.

. market forces could demand changes from suppliers. locations and customers. and from any number of these specialized participants as components of supply chain networks. logistics providers.Supply Chain Logistics Management stressed that the alliance between the various business partnerships in developing the logistics alliances and extensive cooperation. At any given moment.

best-in-class partners to contribute to the overall value chain itself. .Supply chain specialization enabled companies to improve their overall competencies in the same way that outsourced manufacturing and distribution had done. thereby increasing overall performance and efficiency. it allowed them to focus on their core competencies and assemble networks of specific.

Customer Service "Customer service is an organization's ability to supply their customers' wants and needs" .

these five constituencies form the S. owners/investors.Scope of Customer Service Creating. . employees and partners. of customer relationship management. Together.E.P. communicating and delivering value to selected customers can only be achieved if the company aligns and co-ordinates its relationships with four other major constituencies: suppliers.O.C.

customer and the customer’s customer. people. long-term relationships with a smaller number of suppliers. components. technologies.Suppliers: Suppliers are all those who provide input to a company’s value chain. These include suppliers of raw material. knowledge and so on. The emphasis is on building strategic. money (relationship banks). These relationships feature co-operation to conjointly produce value for all parties – supplier. .

Owners/investors: Being successful at customer relationship management means creating value for the company and the customer over the long-term. . nurturing a relationship now in order to reap a future benefit. It may mean sacking customers in the short-term. investing in technologies which facilitate customisation.

customer satisfaction is the outcome of customer retention. In other words. employee satisfaction drives customer satisfaction and.Employees: Employee behaviours can either enhance or damage value for the selected customers. in a competitive market place where customers can switch suppliers. .

strategic alliances and joint ventures are all forms of partnering arrangements.Partners: Partnering relationships can support the creation. Value-adding partnerships. communication and delivery of value to strategically significant customers in many ways. .

Ensured reliability. . 3. Reduced order lead time. 2. 4. one can easily notice that they all have implications related to customer service. proper frequency. The following features are mentioned most often: 1. Minimized total costs of goods flow. Optimized stock level within the entire supply chain. quality and flexibility of deliveries.Objectives/Importance Of Customer Service: Looking at the main objectives of the supply chain management.

Objective no. the basic element of the logistics service.e. . 3 pertains to stock optimization. but the stock level must be flexibly adjusted to match customer preferences. meaning that stock management may not be treated as an autonomous activity. as this is the basic trade-off of the whole logistics system. in turn. Minimized total costs of goods flow. 1 and 2 are actually the fundamental objectives of the logistic customer service. as it determines the availability of goods. i. not minimization.Objectives no. must always be confronted with the level of delivery service.

The objective of supply chain should be to establish a chain of customers that links people at all levels in the organization directly or indirectly to the marketplace. .

Elements of Customer Service: The widely accepted trend is to view customer service in the marketing context under three different headings: 1. Post transaction elements . Pre transaction elements 2. Transaction elements 3.

Pre transaction elements Written customer service policy: Accessibility: Organisational culture: System flexibility: documented and well articulated policy easy to reach and easy to communicate management focus on customer service and organisational structure adaptability to meet customer requirement .

Transaction elements Order cycle time: Inventory availability: Order fill rate: elapsed time between order and delivery percentage of demand met from stock in hand proportion of order filled within the stated lead time query response time and exception advise Order status information: .

Post.transaction elements Availability of spares: Warranty and product tracing: Customer complaint handling: in stock level of service parts warranty handling and product tracing capability dealing with complaints and returns This way customer service can be viewed as an important front end element for value creation. .

.The Seven Rights: The seven rights state that the logistician's job is to ensure the 1)availability of the right product 2)at the right time 3)in the right quantity 4)in the right condition 5)at the right place 6)for the right customer 7)at the right cost.

. Customer service audit is beneficial for the management of value service of a customer. Customer service audit comprise of many methodologies which helps in for improved employee performance and overall development of the organization. Verification of accounts and financial data is done to check any errors and corrections.Customer Service Audit: Customer service audit is collection and examination of records and customer data.

Customer service audit encompasses variety of methodologies like customer feedback. and the customer service measurement. customer information records. These all methods when applied simultaneously with proper scrutinizing tools. Such a productive service audit is very crucial for future strategy and current trends and quality service. .Such constant checks are necessary in order to keep close eye on customer satisfaction and responses. gives you the optimum customer service audit. customer questionnaires. communication with customers and their records.

a company may develop a number of logistics strategies for specific product lines. . specific countries or specific customers.Customer Service Strategy: When a company creates a logistics strategy it is defining the service levels at which its logistics organization is at its most cost effective. Because supply chains are constantly changing and evolving.

systems and people in the operations of service should also focus on the customer. The line linking customer to people (service providers) signifies that people are extremely important in producing and delivering services to the customer. The customer to systems link shows that the service operations/delivery system should also be designed with the customer in mind. the strategy. Customers’ expectations are central to the design of service strategy of the firm.As services are customer-centered. .

The systems should support the strategy. The system to people link means that the service operations system and procedures should be people-friendly. . The strategy to people link means that all the service providers (people in the service organization) should be well aware of the organization’s strategy.The strategy to system link means that the systems and procedures should follow from the service strategy.

.The only criterion that counts in evaluating a service quality is defined by the customers. All other judgments are essentially irrelevant. Only customers can judge quality.

” .Demand Forecasting Definition: “Estimate of expected demand over a specified future period. Also called forecast demand.

equipment. machine accessories.Accurate demand forecasting is essential for a firm to enable it to produce the required quantities at the right time and arrange well in advance for the various factors of production.. buildings. . etc. labour. viz. raw materials.

Purposes of forecasting Purposes of short-term forecasting a. e. Forecasting short term financial requirements. d. Evolving a suitable advertising and promotional campaign. Appropriate production scheduling. b. f. . Determining appropriate price policy Setting sales targets and establishing controls and incentives. Reducing costs of purchasing raw materials. c.

Demand forecasts of particular products form guidelines for related industries (e.g. Planning of a new unit or expansion of an existing unit. Planning long term financial requirements. . b. Also helpful at the macro level. cotton and textiles). Planning man-power requirements. c.Purposes of long-term forecasting a.

The fundamental principle in the selection of order point or material requirements planning is whether demand for the item is dependent or independent of that for other items.Nature of Demands: It is the nature (or source) of demand which provides the real key to inventory control technique applicability and selection." .

or derives from. the demand for another inventory item or product.Independent demand must be forecast. .Dependent demand need not and should not be forecast... but dependent demand can be calculated since it is directly related to. it can be precisely determined from the demand for those items that are its sole cause.

Forecasting Components: Raw Data Trend Component: Trend identify the rate of growth or decline of a series over time (Long-term historical pattern between demand time) Seasonal Component: Seasonal variations consists of annually recurring movements above and below the trend line .

• Demand fluctuates in a repetitive pattern from year to year • Seasonal periodic peaks and valleys should occur at the same time every year • Seasonal variations should be of larger magnitude than the random variations . but they often are the result of business cycles of expansion and contraction of economic activity over a number of years· . Cyclic Component: Cyclical variations are long term oscillations or swings about a trend line • The cycles may or may not be periodic.

the length of the phases. and cyclical variations •Erratic occurrence may be isolated and removed from the data. and the amplitude of the fluctuations Random Component: Random variations have no particular pattern and usually are without specific assignable cause •They represent all influences not included in trend. but there are no general techniques . depression and recovery •The cycles may vary with respect to the time of occurrence. recession.•Business cycles may be due to one or more of the following: prosperity. seasonal.

or irregular variations .for doing so •Averaging process will help to eliminate its influence •Random variations are often referred to as noise. residuals.

Approaches to Forecasting : Qualitative & Quantitative: There are two approaches to determine demand forecast (1) the qualitative approach. (2) the quantitative approach. The comparison of these two approaches is shown below: .

.Descriptio Qualitative Approach Quantitative n Approach Applicabilit Used when situation is Used when situation is y vague & little data exist stable & historical data (e. new products and exist technologies) (e.g. existing products.g. current technology) Considerati Involves intuition and Involves mathematical ons experience techniques Techniques Jury of executive Time series models opinion Causal models Sales force composite Delphi method Consumer market survey .

These projections are then combined at the municipal. and in some cases. The customers are asked about their purchasing plans and their projected buying behavior. The group uses their managerial experience. an ordinary employee. A large number of respondents is needed here to be able to generalize certain results. Each salesperson (for example for a territorial coverage) is asked to project their sales. provincial and regional levels. Sales force composite Delphi method Consumer market survey . An iterative process is conducted until the experts have reached a consensus. or an industry expert. Each of them will be asked individually for their estimate of the demand. A panel of experts is identified where an expert could be a decision maker. he has the capacity to know what the customer wants. combines the results of statistical models.Qualitative Method Jury of executive opinion Description The opinions of a small group of high-level managers are pooled and together they estimate demand. Since the salesperson is the one closest to the marketplace.

the forecast is based only on past values and assumes that factors that influence the past. On the other hand. A time series is a set of evenly spaced numerical data and is obtained by observing responses at regular time periods.There are two forecasting models here – (1) the time series model and (2) the causal model. . In the time series model . the present and the future sales of your products will continue. the causal model uses a mathematical technique known as the regression analysis.

The time series forecasting methods are described below: Description Time Series Forecasting Method Naïve Approach Assumes that demand in the next period is the same as demand in most recent period. then Augusts' sales will also be 50 . demand pattern may not always be that stable For example: If July sales were 50.

D – Demand. – Period A weighted moving average adjusts the moving average method to reflect fluctuations more closely by assigning weights to the most recent data. Equation: F 4 = [D 1 + D2 + D3] / 4 F – forecast. No. meaning. D – Demand. The weights are based on intuition and lie between 0 and 1 for a total of 1. provides an overall impression of data over time A simple moving average uses average demand for a fixed sequence of periods and is good for stable demand with no pronounced behavioral patterns. that the older data is usually less important.Time Series Description Forecasting Method Moving Averages MA is a series of arithmetic means and is used if little or no trend is (MA) present in the data. – Period . No.0 Equation: WMA 4 = (W) (D3) + (W) (D2) + (W) (D1) WMA – Weighted moving average. W – Weight.

g..Exponential Smoothing A statistical technique that calculates a moving average where the most recent data are given a different weight to earlier data.a ) F t Where F t + 1 = the forecast for the next period D t = actual demand in the present period F t = the previously determined forecast for the present period • a= weighting factor referred to as the smoothing constant . useful if recent changes in data are the results of actual change (e. seasonal pattern) instead of just random fluctuations F t + 1 = a D t + (1 .


Order Processing Order processing is the term used to identify the collective tasks associated with fulfilling an order for goods or services placed by a customer. .

. procedures and processes. policies. regardless of size or sector.Integrated System: Is relevant to any organization. looking to integrate two or more of their management systems into one cohesive system with a holistic set of documentation.

price. range of goods. stock availability . .are vital to achieving sales in the first place. from encouraging initial interest to prompting repeat business. How your business handles orders has a major impact on customer service. a responsive. quality of product or service. fully automated order-fulfillment procedure plays a key part in overall customer satisfaction. While several factors .The first stage of the fulfillment cycle is the way in which your business processes a customer's order.

It brings together all departments that handle the order. manufacturing and distribution. from website or sales reps to warehouse staff. such as planning. . You can do this by: •Considering using enterprise resource planning software which can tie in your website with other facets of your business.Automating your internal systems can help achieve the speed and efficiency you need from order processing.

This is so that they can benefit from more timely. with invoices sent and processed automatically. accurate order information. . then customer orders that arrive in your system can be transformed into orders to your suppliers.• Connecting your suppliers and customers to the system. Integrate your system with your website.

Customer Order Cycle The customer order cycle occurs at the customer/retailer interface and includes all processes directly involved in receiving and filling the customer’s order. the customer initiates this cycle at a retailer site and the cycle primarily involves filling customer demand. The retailer’s interaction with the customer starts when the customer arrives or contact is initiated and ends when the customer receives the order. . Typically.

the key flow in this process is the customer’s arrival. The goal is to facilitate the . From the supply chain perspective.The processes involved in the customer order cycle include: • Customer arrival • Customer order entry • Customer order fulfillment • Customer order receiving Customer Arrival. The term customer arrival refers to the customer’s arrival at the location where he or she has access to his or her choices and makes a decision regarding a purchase.

The objective of the customer order entry process is to ensure that the order entry is quick. Customer Order Entry.contact between the customer and the appropriate product so that the customer’s arrival turns into a customer order. and communicated to all other supply chain processes that are affected by it. accurate. The term customer order entry refers to customers informing the retailer what products they want to purchase and the retailer allocating products to customers. .

. The objective of the customer order fulfillment process is to get the correct orders to customers by the promised due dates at the lowest possible cost. In SCM receiving occurs when the product is delivered to the customer. Order fulfillment takes place directly from the manufacturer’s production line. Customer Order Receiving.Customer Order Fulfillment. During this process. During the process. the customer’s order is filled and sent to the customer. the customer receives the order and takes ownership.

The EDI system coordinates the transaction. initiates deliveries. The relationship is usually between a vendor and customer. and shipping notices. such as purchase orders. . and generates invoices. based on reorder levels.EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) EDI is a set of protocols for conducting electronic business over computer networks. typically between one organization and another. invoices. EDI defines the electronic exchange of structured business data. For example. EDI provides a way for a customer's computer to place orders for goods with a vendor's computers.

computer data already entered by one organization is made available to a business partner. invoices. .Advantages: EDI can reduce costs. and errors associated with retyping orders. workforce requirements. and other documents. With EDI. EDI is typically handled using store-andforward technologies similar to e-mail.

and sale of new products and services involves a long paper work. EDI simplifies this process and makes it possible to accomplish receiving the data exactly as transmitted. so you eliminate errors. . you will have a competitive advantage over non-EDI competitors. the manufacturing.•Accuracy: Traditionally. This helps build long term relationships with your customers. •Competitive Advantage: If you are able to receive point of sales data allowing you to keep the shelves stocked while saving transaction costs for your customer.

. EDI insures that information is accurate and readily available for maintaining a high level of service within a competitive market place. •Customer Service: Responding to customer needs is the key to continued long term customer relationships.•Informed Decision Making :More accurate information leads to improved decision making procedures.

• Improved Cash Flow: EDI allows you to instantly turn over invoices on purchase orders and immediately begin transmitting electronic funds transfers (EFTs) to your account. . This will advance you from being merely a vendor to a full business partnership where both sides work together for mutual profitability.•Enhanced Partnership: EDI makes doing business with your company easier and more cost effective.

manual reviews and reconciliations.•Inventory Control: EDI will decrease the cost of storing inventory because it reduces the lead-time necessary to process an order. errors are significantly reduced by limiting the number of person hours involved in processing an order from bid request to invoicing. copying. most importantly. sorting. •Labor Cost Reduction: Data entry. •Responsiveness: Integration of EDI with retailers' point of sale(POS) information allows you to . filing documents and.

•Paper and Postage: Since transactions are completed electronically. Better shipment planning. •Shipping: EDI communicates with bar codes that allows for tight tracking of inventory. through a well designed EDI system. saves you time and money. preprinted forms and postage. EDI provides quick and accurate information. envelopes. . EDI will eliminate the expense of paper.respond more quickly to immediate changes in market conditions.

and you gain the ability to respond to the market fluctuations almost instantaneously. human intervention is reduced.•Streamlined Processes: With EDI. information is shared. customer response is increased. .

goods and services.” Principles of Transportation: Principle #1: Access: People are entitled to reasonable access to other people. . places.Transportation (9-07-2010) Transportation means “movement of people and goods from one location to another.

Principle #2: Equity: Nation states and the transportation community must strive to ensure social. Principle #3: Health and Safety: Transportation systems should be designed and operated in a way that protects the health (physical. meeting the basic transportation-related needs of all people including women. interregional and inter-generational equity. and the disabled. mental and social well-being) and safety of all people. the poor. and enhances the quality of life in communities. the rural. .

Principle #5: Integrated Planning : Transportation decision makers have a responsibility to pursue more integrated approaches to planning. undertaking to make sustainable choices with regard to personal movement and consumption. .Principle #4: Individual Responsibility : All individuals have a responsibility to act as stewards of the natural environment.

global climate. biological diversity or the integrity of essential ecological processes. Principle #7: Land and Resource Use: Transportation systems must make efficient use of land and other natural resources while ensuring the preservation of vital habitats and other requirements for maintaining biodiversity .Principle #6: Pollution Prevention: Transportation needs must be met without generating emissions that threaten public health.

reflecting the true social.Principle #8: Fuller Cost Accounting: Sustainable transportation systems must be cost effective. economic and environmental costs. in order to ensure users pay an equitable share of costs. Transportation decision makers must move as expeditiously as possible toward fuller cost accounting. .

Its complexity can take effect only through highly quality management. By means of well-handled transport system. .The Role of Transportation The role that transportation plays in logistics system is more complex than carrying goods for the proprietors. It brings efficacy. goods could be sent to the right place at right time in order to satisfy customers’ demands. and also it builds a bridge between producers and consumers.

Therefore. a good transport system performing in logistics activities brings benefits not only to service quality but also to company competitiveness. In addition. transportation is the base of efficiency and economy in business logistics and expands other functions of logistics system. .

.e. finished goods. while it is being transported from one place to another place. scrap and so on. This is because a particular product is inaccessible while it is in-transit. packaging material. Transportation of a product involves the use of temporal (related to time)resources. semi. i. Transportation has become a very essential.finished goods.Logistics Functions: Transportation Functionality provides 2 major functions: 1) Product movement: To move various types of product whether it is raw materials component.

quick response strategy with regard to supply of goods to the customer then this influences the time for which the goods should be in transit because the goods have to reach quickly. These products are significantly important because they influence a variety of supply chain decision. or say. .These products are called in-transit inventories.g. or just in time to meet the requirement of the customer. if supply chain is a considering a just in time strategy. For e.

In addition. casual laborer. these expenses have also to be taken into consideration. Expenses on transport result from cost of driver. Then such decision also affects the amount of inventories that have to be stored at the distribution centers. taxes. if during transportation there is product loss or product damage. administrative costs.Further. Transportation of product involves the use of financial resources. and repairs/ maintenance. . cleaner. if goods are dispatched only when a customers requires them.

Transportations of product also use environmental resources. . and noise pollution. It uses a very large amount of energy in term of fuel and oil and also creates environmental expenses in terms of congestion. air pollution.

Of course. storing goods in vehicles is quite an expensive affair. Product storage: Though it is not very common. in case of goods have to be moved once again within just a few days.2. However. It is advisable to keep them stored in transport vehicles themselves. but one of the functions of transportation is also temporary storage of goods. this will avoid the cost of unloading and loading as well as the possible damage to goods during such a operation. .

It may happen that a company has limited storage facility at a particular warehouse. Hence, when the company loads the goods in to the transport vehicle to be sent to the warehouse. It may request the transport company to take a longer route to reach the destination. This will act as temporary storage for the goods.

Importance of Transportation
The transport sector is an important component of the economy impacting on development and the welfare of populations. When transport systems are efficient, they provide economic and social opportunities and benefits that result in positive effects such as better accessibility to markets, employment and additional investments.

The economic impacts of transportation can be direct and indirect: Direct impacts related to accessibility change where transport enables larger markets and enables to save time and costs.
Indirect impacts related to the economic multiplier effect where the price of commodities, goods or services drop and/or their variety increases.

The economic importance of the transportation industry can thus be assessed from a macroeconomic and microeconomic perspective: At the macroeconomic level (the importance of transportation for a whole economy), transportation and the mobility it offers are linked to a level of output, employment and income within a national economy. In many developed countries, transportation accounts between 6% and 12% of the GDP.

At the microeconomic level the importance of transportation is linked to producer, consumer and production costs.

Transportation Modes: Transport modes are the means by which people and freight achieve mobility. They fall into one of three basic types, depending on over what surface they travel – land (road, rail and pipelines), water (shipping), and air. Each mode is characterized by a set of technical, operational and commercial characteristics: When designing a supply chain, either domestic or global, it is essential to understand the different modes of transportation, transit times, related steps and cost implications that will affect how goods move.


ROADS : A road is an identifiable route. . or otherwise prepared to allow easy travel.Provide high flexibility. Roads are typically smoothed. though they need not be.Allow easy travel. 3. 2.Serve as initial and final stage of freight transport. ADVANTAGES 1. way or path between two or more places. paved. and historically many roads were simply recognizable routes without any formal construction or maintenance.

. 4.Most commonly used mode of transportation.Low capacity.Cause of road accidents.High energy and area use. EXAMPLES: Cars. 2. Motor Bikes. Buses. Trucks. 5. DISADVANTAGES 1. 3.4.Main source of noise and air pollution.Suitable for short and medium distances. Rickshaws etc.


that hauls a series of unpowered cars. A train consists of one or more connected vehicle that run on the rails. that can carry passengers or freight. diesel or by electricity supplied by a trackside systems. Alternative methods include monorail and maglev. The locomotive can be powered by steam. . Propulsion is commonly provided by a locomotive. known as a railway or railroad.RAIL: Rail transport is where train runs along at two parallel steel rails.

though not as efficient as ships. making trains more energy efficient. Modern high-speed rail is capable of speeds up to 350 km/h (220mph). .but this requires specially-built track.Railed vehicles move with much less friction than rubber tires on paved roads. Intercity trains are long-haul services connecting cities.

Suitable for transportation of heavy goods. 2.Suitable for long distances. .Chances of accidents are high.Economical medium of transportation.Energy efficient mode of transportation. 3. 3. DISADVANTAGES: 1. 5.Requires special infrastructure.ADVANTAGES: 1.Not flexible mode of transportation.Require high cost. 4.Fast medium of transportation. 2. 4.


air transport is an important as well as convenient mode. It is mostly used for transporting goods and passengers during natural calamities like earthquake and floods. etc. . cargo aircraft. helicopters. etc. It carries goods and passengers through airways by using different aircrafts like passenger aircraft. Besides passengers it generally carries goods that are less bulky or of high value. In hilly and mountainous areas where other mode of transport is not accessible.Air transport: This is the fastest mode of transport.

which are not accessible by any other means. It provides vital support to the national security and defense. It is very useful in transporting goods and passengers to the area. 4. It is the most convenient mode of transport during natural calamities.Advantages of Air transport It has the following advantages. 2. 3. 1. It is the fastest mode of transport. .

It is affected by adverse weather conditions. it results in heavy losses of goods. 3. It is relatively more expensive mode of transport. In case of accidents. property and life.Disadvantages of air transport 1. It is not suitable for short distance travel. 4. . 5. 2. It is not suitable for transporting heavy and bulky goods.

Water transport .

etc. launches. steamers. . launches. both within as well as outside the country. With the help of these means goods and passengers are carried to different places. etc. Within the country. ships.Water transport Water transport refers to movement of goods and passengers on waterways by using various means like boats. rivers and canals facilitate the movement of boats.

These . streamers. etc. barges.. launches. Inland water transport Inland water transport use boats. this type of transport is called inland water transport. There are two types of water transport. I. When the different means of transport are used to carry goods and passengers on the sea route it is termed as ocean transport.Since the goods and passengers move inside the country. to carry goods and passengers on river and canal routes.

routes are called inland waterways and are used in domestic or home trade to carry bulky goods. 2. Passenger transport through waterways is not so popular in our country. Assam. It plays an important role in the development of international trade. Inland water transport system exists only in few states like. It is also used for transporting goods and passengers in the . Ocean transport Ocean transport refers to movement of goods and passengers with the help of ships through sea or ocean waterways. Andhra Pradesh. Tamil Nadu. etc. West Bengal.

Sea transport may be of the following two types. 1. and also in carrying passengers within the country. Overseas Shipping:. which links almost all the countries of the world.coastal areas. 2. ships ply between different countries separated by sea or ocean.In this transport.In this transport. Ocean transport has its fixed route. Coastal Shipping:. This helps in home trade. ships ply between the main ports of a country. It is mainly used for promotion and .

. It is economical means of transport to carry heavy machines and goods in bulk. different types of ships are used to carry passengers and goods.development of international trade. Overseas transport is carried out on fixed routes. which connect almost all the countries. In ocean transport. These may be classified as under.

which belongs to a regular shipping company. These ships ply over a fixed route according to a prescribed schedule or timetable.A tramp is a cargo ship. . which does not make regular trips but plies whenever cargo is offered to it. It does not follow a fixed route or a prescribed timetable like that of liners. Tramps:.Liners: 1. 2. A liner is a passenger or cargo vessel.

The cost of maintaining and constructing routes is very low as most of them are naturally made.Advantages of water transport 1. 2. It is a relatively economical mode of transport for bulky and heavy goods. 4. 3. It promotes international trade. It is a safe mode of transport with respect to occurrence of accidents. .

The depth and navigability of rivers and canals vary and thus.Disadvantages of water transport 1. 2. It is a slow moving mode of transport and therefore not suitable for transport of perishable goods . affect operations of different transport vessels.


Pipeline transport is the transportation of goods through a pipe. . or even beer pipelines exist but arguably the most valuable are those transporting oil and natural gas. liquid and gases are sent. As for gases and liquids. Therefore sewage. any chemically stable substance can be sent through a pipeline. slurry. Most commonly. water. but pneumatic tubes that transport solid capsules using compressed air have also been used.

Lower transit losses 3.Multi-product handling 8.Lower energy intensiveness 4.Lower cost of transportation 2.Minimal land costs 12.Advantages 1.Decongestion of surface transport systems .Environment-friendliness 7.Flexibility 9.Economies of scale 5.Stationary carrier 10.Safety and Reliability -minimum disruptions 6.Augmentation at low cost 11.

.Disadvantages As easy targets: Pipelines can be the target of vandalism . or even terrorist attacks. pipelines are often the target of military attacks. as destruction of pipelines can seriously disrupt enemy logistics. In war. sabotage.

Ropeway Systems .

which facilitates transportation of man and material over difficult and peculiar terrain bringing about comparative ease and economy vis-à-vis other means of transport.Ropeway Systems Aerial ropeway is one such unique and ingenuous mechanical system. .

especially building materials. or across a valley or river. which connects two places on the hills. and the noise level on a ropeway is low. A technical advance is more efficient loading. A major advantage of ropeways is their ability to operate over rough terrain.Ropeway refers to a mode of transport. In the hilly areas. . etc. trolleys move on wheels connected to a rope and are used for carrying passengers or goods. Advantages Ropeways can generate their own power and use it efficiently and economically. food.

Disadvantages It lags behind in heavy investments and limitations on size. nature and quantity of the haul. .

Intermodal freight transport .

Reduced costs versus over road trucking is the key benefit for intra-continental use. ship. The method reduces cargo handling. The negative is that it takes longer than normal truck delivery would. without any handling of the freight itself when changing modes. . reduces damages and losses. and allows freight to be transported faster. using multiple modes of transportation (rail. and truck). and so improves security.Intermodal freight transport involves the transportation of freight in an intermodal container or vehicle.

Factors to be considered for mode and carrier selection: Essential to effective transportation management is knowing what carrier and what mode to utilize and when. . In making a mode and carrier selection. and (2) determine how to weigh all of these factors together. qualitative factors. a shipper must: (1) consider both quantitative cost factors and less tangible.

As the entire supply chain is affected by carrier selection. the decision process should incorporate 5 groups of criteria that influence the carrier selection and evaluation: 1) Cost. 4) Customer service and 5) Strategic compatibility.Carrier selection is one of the most important decisions in the transportation strategic planning that affects both logistics cost and customer service. 3) Handling services. 2) Insurance of service provision. .

The methodology consists of three phases: .The exact definition of objectives is a crucial task which should be considered before going into the process of carrier selection.

Phase one: Requirements identification: The ultimate goal is to select carriers which are best suited for the firm to achieve its objectives. a responsive and an . or in a market in which there is a strong competition on the price the firm should try to reduce its costs. For example. it needs to suggest a high level of service to be able to get a share. Each of the objectives will define the kind of carriers it needs. the first question is what are the objectives in each market? For instance in a market that the firm has newly entered. So.

respectively. So the kind of criteria that a decision maker considers is dependent to the objectives and this dependency prevents suggesting a fixed number of criteria to all the firms even in a similar industry.effective carrier are appropriate for each of the mentioned objectives. . this order is not definite and different firms in various situations can put different importance to each criteria but it seems that “cost of transportation” is usually the most important one. However. After the identification of objectives. the relevant criteria should be defined.

potential carriers. In the first step.) are gathered in the previous section. objectives and etc. Quality of drivers and personnel of the carrier. all the carrier selection criteria should be categorized.Phase two: Planning: Carrier weighting: The data necessary in this section (criteria. . The second group consists of criteria of customer service. The first group contains cost relevant criteria. computerized links and flexibilities in deliveries can affect the reputation of the firm and are included in this group.

consistency of strategies. expedited shipments and capacity are main considerations of this group. . The last group is about strategic compatibility between the firm and the carrier. The forth group consists of freight handling services. the ability to handle special freights. reputation and the possibility of long term relationships are included in this group.This leads us to third group which is named insurance of service provision. Previous experiences. Facilities.

timing. The definition of implementation includes breaking down the project into independent activities. success criteria and implementation. . determining the sequence and relations between activities and assigning a person or a team to each activity.Phase three: Implementation and appraisal: Implementation: As is stated by Bowersox there are four steps in implementing a logistics project which are: planning.

Performance appraisal: After implementation. This difference could be caused by the weakness or negligence of the carrier and be solved with more cooperation with them. the difference between the actual and planned outcome will be calculated and in a case with significant difference. some performance appraisal programs should be done. In performance measurement. inefficient routing by the carrier may have cause late . the real causes will be investigated. in order to measure the deviation from the objectives. For example.

deliveries or the increase in the transportation costs. . This could be solved by helping the carrier in routing programs.

.Modal Characteristics & Classifications How do we measure relative weight of each mode? • System mileage. revenue. nature of traffic composition . traffic volume.

(contd) . terminals.Railways – Rail network * Stands out in terms of tonne / kilometres moved * 226 billion tonne / kilometres and 55.8% of total tonne/kilometers moved in 1982 in India * 449 billion tonne / kilometres and 51. but low operating costs. locomotives and rolling stock. switching yards.7% of total tonne kilometers now moved in India * Facing very stiff competition from roadways * High capital investment due to right of way.

* Focus on specific products than on broad range .

Developments in this area *Recent customer friendly attitude *Development of Specialized Equipment to suit the needs of bulk volume of customers * Unit trains * Container trains * Double stack containers .

Road transport * High flexibility and speed * Ultimate mode of transport * Rapid growth * Low capital cost as compared to railways * 179.2 billion tonne/kilometres and 44. .2% of total tonne /kilometres moved in 1982 in India * 585 billion tonne/kilometres and 56% of total tonne/ kilometres moved in India now.

* Operating costs are higher * Ideal for small shipments over short distances * Labor intensive * Occasional fuel shortages * Availability of good quality vehicles * Availability & cost of maintenance and spares * Bad and unsafe road conditions * Carrier organizations and their disputes with government * Octroi * Restrictive permits .

bypass to cities * Pay and use roads – private road builders * Express ways .Developments in this area * Entry of several manufacturers of trucks-entry of Daimler to produce Mercedes CVs * Trailer-tractor sets * National grid of highways * Road widening schemes.

steamships. diesel driven ships * Limited scope for deep water transport * Limited extent of navigable inland water transport -lakes. canals * Main advantage of water transportation is extremely large shipments & low cost * Importance of deep water vessels & deep water ports to fully realize benefits of water transport .Water transport * Sailing vessels. rivers.


Construction of dams 3. disadvantages are range of operation (not for long distance) and slow speed * Ferries.for small water bodies like rivers and bays. Low priority in policy 2. Receding water levels in the rivers 4. Main hurdles appear to be 1.* Diesel towed barges. * Inland water Transport is not used to its full potential in India although we have used mechanized IWT since early 1800. Tough competition by other modes .high flexibility.

Developments in this area * Construction of deep water ports: JNPT * Construction of ports with private investment * Port Pipavav. India's first port in the private sector is operated by APM Terminals. . one of the largest operators of container terminals in the world * A consortium led by P&O Australia is setting up a $200 million Container terminal on BOT basis at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trial operation started in April 1999 * Agreement signed for construction of a captive coal Jetty at Mumbai by Tata Electrics.

and lowest operating costs * Not labour intensive (contd) . right of way and laying of pipeline.Pipelines * Reliable all weather means of transport * Low energy consumption * Pipeline being under ground space occupation is minimal * Pipe line operates all the time except when it is shut down for maintenance * No empty container or wagon to be brought back * Highest fixed costs.

* This mode of transport can release capacity of other modes for transport of essential commodities . Pipe lines are stationary * Physical state of the commodity is a limitation.* Not flexible by nature.

Rope ways * Hilly and otherwise inaccessible area * Steep gradients * Cause minimum ecological imbalance * Point of supply and demand can be connected by shortest route *Logistics of fruits in Himachal Pradesh .

Air transport * Speed of transport is highest * Fixed costs are lower than rail or road or pipe line. But operating costs are highest * Air transport brings distant markets closer perishables market in gulf countries * Overcomes the hassle and cost of setting up depots and service centers overseas * Full potential of peak seasonal demand can be taken * Test marketing is easy. Products can be shipped directly from the factory .

to different destinations in such a way that the total transportation is minimum.Total Transportation Cost The transportation problem is one of the problem where the objective is to transport various quantities of a single product which are initially stored at various origins. .

The objective in a transportation problem is to fully satisfy the destination requirements at the minimum possible cost. .Transportation models or problems are primarily concerned with the optimal (best possible) way in which a product produced at different factories or plants (called supply origins) can be transported to a number of warehouses (called demand destinations).

retailers.Whenever there is a physical movement of goods from the point of manufacture to the final consumers through a variety of channels of distribution (wholesalers.). It aims at providing assistance to the top management in ascertaining how many units of a particular product should be transported from each supply origin to each demand destinations to that . Transportation problems arise in all such cases. distributors etc. there is a need to minimize the cost of transportation so as to increase the profit on sales.

while at the same time the total transportation costs are minimized. .the total prevailing demand for the company’s product is satisfied.

periodic maintenance etc . Fixed costs: • Interest on capital • Depreciation • Insurance premium • Administrative overheads • Expenses on fixed facilities like buildings B.Factors influencing cost of transportation 1. Cover actual cost of transportation. A. Semi fixed costs: • Salaries of the staff • Facility for servicing.

C. war effected sea routes D. • Quotes higher rates if following are not conducive to the above . hilly roads. Variable costs • Cost of fuel and lubricants • Maintenance directly attributable to a particular trip – breakdown • Damage to the vehicle and also the cargo.g. E. bad roads. Vehicle utilization • Carrier likes to gain maximum mileage out of his vehicle • Runs the vehicle at top speed to cover max. distance at min time.

• Road conditions • Terminal detentions [congestion.] • Obtaining a return load [market factors] • Nature of goods. • Transportation cost should not upset the value added . formalities. loading/unloading etc. hazardous. corrosive [liability. insurance] • Density. shape and size of the product 2. consignment light by weight • Stow ability. Traffic Bearing Capacity • Value addition by transportation.

Government Policy Freight rates are controlled by the state for • Promotion of certain type of trade • Development of certain type of industry • Freight rates are hiked or depressed by state 5.3. Profit • Margin for reasonable return on investment • Entrepreneurial time and efforts • Funds for future development of business . Public use • Items to satisfy basic needs of common man should be moderately charged 4.

culverts.Transportation Infrastructure Road and highway networks. landscaping) Railways. tunnels. signaling and communications systems . sidewalks. including structures. electrical systems (street lighting and traffic lights) and edge treatments (curbs. train stations). including structures (bridges. terminal facilities (rail yards. level crossings. signage and markings. retaining walls).

) Seaports and lighthouses Airports. etc.Canals and navigable waterways requiring continuous maintenance (dredging. including air navigational systems .

space for movement of vehicles.What constitutes Transport Infrastructure? [Transport elements] Factors that affect the smooth functioning of transport? Terminal facilities . shape & speed . railway yards Vehicles. platforms. Their size.well maintained loading unloading facilities. ships or wagons.trucks.

roads. weight. Rails. height 4. Routes and sectional capacity-number of lanes 3. Weigh bridge facility 5.1. airways 2. Limit on speed. Nature of product 6. Carrier organizations .cost of right to use passage. Rights of way.

.Micro Logistics and Macro Logistics Transportation decisions affect the other subfunctions. transport decisions cannot be made in a vacuum. Hence. This part of the role of transportation in logistics may be termed as "Micro Logistics. and there is a close linkage between them. the companies optimize this function for competitive cost advantage." where at the firms' level.

“ Any improvement in the Micro Logistics will be effective only if the Macro Logistics is effective. Railways.The major infrastructure required for moving goods from one place to another in India involve the active roles of Roads. and Pipelines. The efficient and effective management of this infrastructure to enable the smooth flow of goods constitutes "Macro Logistics. . Ports and Shipping. Road Freight Industry. all of which are either managed or regulated by the government.

Principles of Warehousing 1.Warehousing A warehouse is a commercial building for storage of goods. 2. 4. 5. 3. Load unitisation Best use of space Minimize movement Control of stock movement. 6. Minimum total cost . Safety/Security/Environment.

Role of Warehousing Today's most important role of warehousing is how to maximize the value added while storing and repackaging the product. Warehousing plays a vital role in providing the desired level of service to the customer at the lowest possible cost and is an important link between the producer and the customer. Improving the flow of goods through a warehouse by . Efficient operation and flexibility are critical so that the warehouse can be used as a distribution center.

.minimizing handling and movement can generate significant and measurable business benefits.

In addition to this. storm. In this section let us learn about the various functions of warehouses. moisture.Warehousing Functions The basic warehousing functions are they provide protection to goods against heat. wind. . This is the basic function of every warehouse. and also cut down losses due to spoilage. wastage etc. warehouses now a days also perform a variety of other functions. etc.

Processing vi.Warehouses perform the following functions: i. Grading and branding vii. Transportation . Risk bearing iv. Financing v. Storage of goods ii. Protection of goods iii.

wind and moisture. Storage of goods:. These goods are stored from the time of their production or purchase till their consumption or use. It makes special arrangements for different products according to their nature. ii.The basic function of warehouses is to store large stock of goods. dust. Protection of goods:. .A warehouse provides protection to goods from loss or damage due to heat.i. etc. It cuts down losses due to spoilage and wastage during storage.

Thus. the risk of loss or damage to goods in storage is borne by the warehouse keeper. Since it is bound to return the goods in good condition. the warehouse becomes responsible for any loss. the responsibility of these goods passes on to the warehouse-keeper. Thus. etc. Once goods are handed over to the warehouse-keeper for storage. it takes all precautions to prevent any mishap.iii. Risk bearing:. .Warehouses take over the risks incidental to storage of goods. theft or damage.

So while the goods are in custody of the warehouse-keeper. which is called warehouse-keeper’s warrant.iv. the businessmen can obtain loans from banks and other financial institutions keeping this warrant as security. In some cases. the depositor gets a receipt. Financing:. The warehouses can also issue a document in favour of the owner of the goods. . which acts as a proof about the deposit of goods.When goods are deposited in any warehouse. This warrant is a document of title and can be transferred by simple endorsement and delivery.

etc. For example. paddy is polished. Sometimes warehouses also undertake these activities on behalf of the owners. timber is seasoned. v. . and fruits are ripened.Certain commodities are not consumed in the form they are produced. Processing:.warehouses also give advances of money to the depositors for a short period keeping their goods as security. Processing is required to make them consumable.

In some cases warehouses provide transport arrangement to the bulk depositors. Grading and branding:.On request warehouses also perform the functions of grading and branding of goods on behalf of the manufacturer. vii. blending and packaging of goods for the convenience of handling and sale. . It collects goods from the place of production and also sends goods to the place of delivery on request of the depositors. It also provides facilities for mixing. wholesaler or the importer of goods.vi. Transportation:.

While there is some overlap.Importance /Benefits of Warehousing Benefits realized from strategic warehousing are classified on the basis of economics and service. From a conceptual perspective. no warehouse should be included in a logistical system unless it is fully justified on a cost-benefit basis. . the major warehouse benefits are reviewed individually.

. then total cost will be reduced. For example. It is not difficult to quantify the return on investment of an economic benefit because it is reflected in a direct cost-tocost trade-off.Economic Benefits Economic benefits of warehousing result when overall logistical costs are directly reduced by utilizing one or more facilities. if adding a warehouse to a logistical system will reduce overall transportation cost by an amount greater than the fixed and variable cost of the warehouse.

Where the emphasis is on processing and moving goods on to wholesalers.Distribution Center Warehouse is for storage of inventory whereas Distribution Center is to keep finished product moving towards its destination. or consumers rather than on storage. . retailers.

there is a need for proper storage or warehousing for these commodities. Therefore. but their consumption or use takes place throughout the year.Need for Warehousing Warehousing is necessary due the following reasons. . from where they can be supplied as and when required. (i) Seasonal Production:.Agricultural commodities are harvested during certain seasons.

which are demanded seasonally.There are certain goods. like woolen garments in winters or umbrellas in the rainy season. The production of these goods takes place throughout the year to meet the seasonal demand.(ii) Seasonal Demand:. . So there is a need to store these goods in a warehouse to make them available at the time of need.

Manufacturers also produce goods in huge quantity to enjoy the benefits of large-scale production. which is more economical. . now-a-days production takes place to meet the existing as well as future demand of the products.(iii) Large-scale Production:. So the finished products. which are produced on a large scale. need to be stored properly till they are cleared by sales.In case of manufactured goods.

it is essential to stock these goods near the place of consumption. So there is a need to keep sufficient quantity of stock of raw material in the warehouse to ensure continuous production. (v) Continuous Production:.Both industrial as well as agricultural goods are produced at some specific places but consumed throughout the country. .Continuous production of goods in factories requires adequate supply of raw materials. so that without making any delay these goods are made available to the consumers at the time of their need.(iv) Quick Supply:. Therefore.

By maintaining a balance of supply of goods. Again. . excess production and supply may also lead to fall in prices of the product. warehousing leads to price stabilisation.(vi) Price Stabilization:. Scarcity in supply of goods may increase their price in the market.To maintain a reasonable level of the price of the goods in the market there is a need to keep sufficient stock in the warehouses.

production support. Cross Dock. Service benefits:. Assortment. market presence . Economic benefits:.Spot stocking. Break bulk. stock piling[seasonal storage] 2.Economic and Service Benefits of Warehouses 1.Consolidation. mixing. processing postponement.


or a number of firms may join together and use a for-hire consolidation service. each individua1 manufacturer or shipper can enjoy lower total distribution cost than could be realized on a direct shipment basis individually. Consolidation warehousing may be used by a single firm. .The primary benefit of consolidation is that it combines the logistical flow of several small shipments to a specific market area. Through the use of such a program.

CUSTOMER A Plant Break Bulk warehouse CUSTOMER B CUSTOMER C .

A break bulk operation receives combined customer orders from manufacturers and ships them to individual customers. The break bulk warehouse sorts or splits individual orders and arranges for local delivery. transport costs are lower and there is less difficulty in tracking.Break bulk warehouse operations are similar to consolidation except that no storage is performed. Because the long-distance transportation movement is a large shipment. .

Plant A [Product A] Cross Dock warehouse Customer X (A+B+C) Customer Y (A+B) Customer Z (B+C) Customer W (A+B+ C) Plant B [Product B] Plant C [Product C] .

.The term cross docking refers to moving product from a manufacturing plant and delivers it directly to the customer with little or no material handling in between. Benefits 1. as the products no longer requires picking and are put away in the warehouse. Reduction in labor costs. Cross docking not only reduces material handling. but also reduces the need to store the products in the warehouse.

Reduction in the time from production to the customer. . Reduction in the need for warehouse space. 3. which helps improve customer satisfaction. as there is no requirement to storage the products.2.

Processing/Postponement: This functionality of warehousing enables postponement of commitment of products to customer until orders are received from them. Asian Paints has 1000s of SKUs and its literally impossible to store all the SKUs in all of their retail stores. These products are packaged and labeled for the particular customer only on receipt of the order. Asian Paints postpones the “coloring” part to last stage and .g. This is utilized by manufacturers or distributors for storing products ready up to packaging stage. For e. Basically.

In the case of seasonal manufacturing. can receive the paint within a days time. This requires stockpiling of the products manufactured from these raw materials. Hence. manufacturing is possible only during these periods of availability. Stock piling: This function of warehousing is related to seasonal manufacturing or demand. while the demand is full year around.hence any dealer/retailer when they order a color. . certain raw materials are available during short periods of the year.

. Service benefits : Spot stocking: • Under spot stocking. certain products like woolens are required seasonally. On the other hand. a selected amount of a firm's product line is placed or "spot stocked" in a warehouse to fill customer orders during a critical marketing period. 2. and thus need to be stockpiled as such.An example is mango pulp processing. but are produced throughout the year.

• Utilizing warehouse facilities for stock spotting allows inventories to be placed in a variety of markets adjacent to key customers just prior to a maximum period of seasonal sales.• In particular. delivery time can be substantially reduced by advanced inventory commitment to strategic markets. • Rather than placing inventories in warehouse facilities on a year-round basis or shipping directly from manufacturing plants. . manufacturers with limited or highly seasonal product lines are partial to this service.

• Suppliers of agricultural products to farmers often use spot stocking to position their products closer to a service-sensitive market during the growing season. the remaining inventory is withdrawn to a central warehouse. • Following the sales season. .

Assortment An assortment warehouse stocks product combinations in anticipation of customer orders. The assortments may represent multiple products from different manufacturers or special assortments as specified by customers. for example. . an athletic wholesaler would stock products from a number of clothing suppliers so that customers can be offered assortments. In the first case.

and shoes.In the second case. . pants. the wholesaler would create a specific team uniform including shirt.

Upon arrival at the mixing warehouse. factory shipments are unloaded and the desired combination of each product for each customer or market is selected.Mixing In a typical mixing situation. truckloads of products are shipped from manufacturing plants to warehouses. Each large shipment enjoys the lowest possible transportation rate. .

. overall transportation charges and warehouse requirements can be reduced by mixing.When plants are geographically separated.

The operation of a production support warehouse is to supply or "feed" processed materials. Safety stocks on items purchased from outside vendors may be justified because of long lead times or significant variations in usage. components.Production Support Production support warehousing provides a steady supply of components and materials to assembly plants. and subassemblies into the assembly plant in an economic and timely manner. .

it is often cited by marketing managers as a major advantage of local warehouses. As a result.Market Presence While a market presence benefit may not be so obvious. . The market presence factor is based on the perception or belief that local warehouses can be more responsive to customer needs and offer quicker delivery than more distant warehouses. it is also thought that a local warehouse will enhance market share and potentially increase profitability.

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